Rum & Raisin Brownies
This month i have taken on the responsibility of looking after the Nielsen-Massey brand of Vanilla Extract, for which i'm really excited! It's meant i've been able to get in the kitchen and practise various recipes for our PR company, including Macademia Cookies, Fruit and Nut Muffins, Vanilla Cookies and Rum and Rasin Brownies.
Crisp Vanilla Cookies
Fruit & Nut Muffins
I also got into the cupcake fever and cooked some Oreo Cupcakes for the ABWF charity bake sale - i am pleased to announce that they all went within two minutes! Must be the superior quality of the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract i was using...! ;)
100g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
140g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
40g unsalted butter, at room temperature
100ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
Preheat oven to 170/325/gas3. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter until a sandytexture is formed. Whisk the milk, egg and Nielsen-Massey together in a jug, then slowly pour about half in with the dry ingredients. Mix until combined and with no lumps. Pour in the remaining liquid, scarape down the sides of the bowl and ensure everything is smooth and well combined.
Line a muffin tin with 6 muffin cases (preferably brown which can be bought from ASDA and most good baking shops). Spoon the mixture into the cases until 2/3 full. Place in the oven for 20-25mins until firm. Check if they are cooked, by placing a skewer in the centre of a cupcake and ensuring that it pulls out cleanly. If not replace for another 5 minutes.
Top with a cream cheese icing made from 300g icing sugar, 50g unsalted butter, 1tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract creamed together - it should be of a light and fluffy dropping consistancy. Pipe onto the cupcakes with a meringue nozzle (to create the wide fluted shape) and top with a mini oreo cookie